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Where does Ireland rank for internet speed?


Out of 224 countries, Ireland is in the top 50 for internet speed, just behind the UK.

Ireland came in 44th place in a global ranking of internet speeds by the UK-based broadband comparison website,

The company 2021 ‘World Broadband Speed ​​Leaguehe benchmarking study ranked 224 countries on the basis of internet speeds.

Ireland is just behind the UK and ahead of Switzerland, with an average download speed of 51.41 Mbps. The testers also uploaded a 5GB movie in each country to test download speeds, which took an average of 13 minutes and 17 seconds in Ireland.

In Jersey, which came out on top, it took just two minutes and 29 seconds to download a 5 GB movie. The average Mbps in Jersey was 274.27.

Turkmenistan had the slowest internet speeds. It took, on average, over 22 hours to download the movie, which is well above the global average time of one hour and 43 minutes. The average download speed in the world was 28.69 Mbps.

The next fastest countries behind Jersey were Liechtenstein (211.26 Mbps), Iceland (191.83 Mbps), Andorra (164.66 Mbps) and Gibraltar (151.34 Mbps). All five are from small, wealthy countries, where it is easier to deploy fiber optic broadband and 5G mobile internet.

Internet speeds in Yemen, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea were the lowest, ahead of Turkmenistan, which was 0.50 Mbps.

Overall, the average speed for Eastern Europe was 46.22 Mbps, while the average for Western Europe was 90.56 Mbps. A total of 249,374,946 unique IP addresses were tested to compile the results.

The average global broadband speed measured by in 2017 was 7.40 Mbps. This increased to 9.10 Mbps in 2018. In 2019, the average speed measured was 11.03 Mbps.

In 2020, the average increased another 90pc to reach 24.83 Mbps. However, this large increase was in part attributed to what called “improved measurement tools”.

Commenting on the global rankings, Dan Howdle, consumer telecommunications analyst at, said that “the acceleration of the world’s fastest countries has finally plateaued this year” as they hit saturation. optical fiber.

Howdle added, “The increase in speed among elite performers can therefore be attributed largely to adoption in many cases rather than network upgrades. Meanwhile, although the countries at the bottom of the table still suffer from extremely low speeds, figures for 2021 indicate that the situation is improving. “

The increase in internet speeds this year was more modest 20pc to 29.79Mbps. also looked at how global broadband speeds changed during lockdowns for Covid-19.

The company compared average internet speeds in 114 countries during and outside their strictest Covid-19 lockdown periods.

The Western European countries which recorded the largest decreases in average speed during their confinement periods were Finland (-24.81 pc), the Netherlands (-13.01 pc), Austria (-10 , 47 pc) and Italy (-10.44 pc).

Ireland’s decrease in average internet speed during its blackouts was rated “negligible” at 2.23 pc.

Updated September 15, 2021 at 10:01 am: This article has been modified to correct the global average download speed as well as the average speeds in Eastern and Western Europe. We also fixed an error concerning the top five countries in the ranking.


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